Sunday, October 2, 2011

Kindness, kindness everywhere kindness

Sometimes out of bad things comes good. God seems to work that way. I think that we all know that we have friends all around us. I am finding that, when faced with a serious challenge, just how sweet people are. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't have multiple expressions of love given to me. I awoke the other morning to find my door decorated with balloons and messages of encouragement. Anonymous, of course. On Friday, at my son Jarom's request, we went running. Over the years I would have to say that running hasn't been his favorite pastime. That morning we ran 4.4 miles. It was great. While running Jarom told me that as soon as I was better he would run a half marathon with me. Later in the day Shanelle and Mike came by with a gift certificate offering to run a marathon with me. Wow, getting better is going to be more work than I expected.

Conference has been wonderful. Why is it that it takes something like this to make me really listen? So many of the talks seem to have been written just for me. What a gift to hear God's voice through his servants.

We leave for Mayo this coming Wednesday and will be gone until the following Wednesday. Kind of like a vacation I'm guessing. I am anxious to have a full workup. The pain has come back and now seems to be pressing into my ear. I am ready to move forward and be healed. I see the Lord's hand every day in my life and I am so grateful that I know I won't walk this path alone.


  1. Here is a funny quote to help you keep your sense of humor. "Running is an unnatural act, except from enemies and to the bathroom." I hope you are not doing any of those. ;) Keep smiling.

  2. Eric, I am so inspired by those who are will to sacrifice and commit to run with you when you are well. I would like to commit at this time to not eat anything during that time period of the marathon. Becky will be by my side supporting you and me. :-)

    We love you Gary and Becky.

  3. Eric--Know that our thought and prayers are with you. I would even willing to "give" you the rock:), when you are better. Know that we will be praying for your speedy recovery!

    Rick and Lorraine

  4. I just heard...I am sad, but have so much hope for you and your family. I will run a marathon as well, but I think I will have a hard time keeping up, just know that we started at the same time!!!
    I was so happy and felt so blessed that I got to run my first marathon with you, and after I finished, to receive a phone call from you, you mean a lot to me and my family. I will always remember talking to you around the bonfire up that canyon so early, advising me to not run in my leggings,(which thank you by the way), and such words of inspiration in my mind forever, thank you. We will have to talk like that again soon.
    If there is anything we can do, please let us know. For now, you are in our thoughts and prayers. I know that you and your family will be blessed.
    Good luck with everything. You are such an example to many, and teach us new things all of the time.
    Jessica Palmer

  5. Dr. Vogel, I just got an 2 emails (one from each parent) about this unwelcome news. Just know that there will be people in Indiana praying for you! You've always been such a great dentist. I look forward to out next visit, as I'm sure everything will go smoothly!!
    Thanks for all you do,
    Erica Shirts

  6. Brother Vogel, best of luck! We'll keep you and your family in our prayers

  7. Dr. Vogel, you are such an inspiration to so many of us. I know that our Heavenly Father is watching over you and Jolynne and all of your family. David and I are keeping you in our prayers. You have done so much for so many, now it's our turn to help you,
    God Bless,
    David and Denise Jeffs

  8. David, Karla, and Karl Jones wish you a speedy recovery. Our prayers and love are with you and your family and staff.

  9. Dear Dr. Vogel and Family,
    Thank you for sharing so much with all of us. Although I didn't open this in time to pray in advance and during your surgery, you are now in my family's prayers, all of you, for a speedy and thorough recovery. We are crying to see the miracles the Lord has afforded you, and know that we are all blessed as a result! You are an incredible example of kindness and compassion, in addition to being an excellent professional with whom we trust our dental care completely! It is no surprise to read the kind of faith you and your family have that is at the heart of your practice, then. In fact, it brings to mind a memory that Quincy shared within the last year. She said, "We have the best dentist, Mom! I was there early enough to see him call everyone in for a prayer before they started their work day." She is right, you can't get any better help than that! I know this is wordy, but please know it is very heartfelt!
    Lisa Garner and Family